Organza or Organdy?

Prior to working at this museum, I had a vague idea of the different fabrics created from natural materials such as cotton. I have had to do a lot of research to learn the differences between the 1800s fabrics, especially, those made from cotton. Cotton fabrics can be confusing because they can be silky rough, smooth or textured, thick or sheer, sturdy or luxurious. Cotton fabric is versatile, breathable, absorbent and durable. The round gown shown is made from one of the sheer cottons, organdy. Cotton Organdy is a semi-sheer fabric that is sheer, light and crisp. Unfortunately, it wrinkles easily. In the 1800s, organdy was used for dresses and gowns such as the one in the photograph

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